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Re: Q for all candidates: license and copyright requirements

On 03/23/2010 11:03 AM, Charles Plessy wrote:

> The second option aims at clarifying what is the source of the Debian operating
> system. It is controversial. 

To some of us, "the Debian operating system" is at least as much about
the packaged source as it is about the packaged binaries.

If you were to claim that DFSG freedom only mattered for things shipped
in the binary packages, and not the things shipped in the source
packages, i would find that upsetting.

"Our users" includes not only an individual with a single computer who
never sees the source, but also derivative distributions, private
organizations, system administrators, etc, all of whom may need to
modify the source for their own purposes.

Knowing that the source of any package in main is free is a valuable
feature of the Debian operating system.


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